I Saw the Signs
Twelve percent of bird species in the world may go the way of the dodo, meat consumption is five times higher today than it was in 1950, and coral reefs are bleaching at a quick clip, according to the Worldwatch Institute. In its annual Vital Signs book, the group says things are looking pretty grim for Planet Earth. But it also teases those of us who haven’t given up the good fight with some positive stats. Bicycle production, for example, is up across the globe. Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions fell last year for the third consecutive year, down 0.6 percent. And socially responsible investing in the U.S. now encompasses $1 out of every $8 that is professionally managed.